Monday, June 18, 2012

Carmelite saints among the patrons of World Youth Day 2013

St. Therese of the Child Jesus
RIO DE JANEIRO-BRAZIL (01-06-2012).- Next year’s World Youth Day, to be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will have among its patrons and intercessors two Carmelite Saints, according to Bishop Orani João Tempesta’s public announcement in the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rock located in that capital city.

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, French Discalced Carmelite and patroness of missions, will share the patronage of World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro (WYD Rio2013) together with four other saints, among who is Blessed John Paul II, who inspired this type of event.

Together with the patrons, the names of 13 intercessors or proposed role models for the youth of this WYD were made known. Among them is the Chilean Discalced Carmelite, Saint Teresa of Jesus of Los Andes.

The first WYD to have patrons was World Youth Day 2002, in Toronto, Canada. Since then, in every WYD a Carmelite saint has joined the ranks of the patrons. Saint Thérèse was present in Toronto, Sydney, and in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro WYD. In Cologne in 2005, Benedict XVI presented Saint Teresa of Jesus and Edith Stein as models of the Christian way. In the last event in Madrid in 2012, Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Jesus were also among the patrons of the Day.

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